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IU Cinema to present beloved blockbusters, awards darlings and more this spring

Jan 9, 2024

The Boy and the Heron, the first film in a language other than English to be awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film,... “The Boy and the Heron,” the first film in a language other than English to be awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, is among several critically acclaimed films in IU Cinema's spring lineup. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Cinema returns Jan. 16 with new restorations of cinematic classics; a tribute to groundbreaking filmmaker James Wong Howe; acclaimed new releases that are the talk of this awards season; and exciting guests such as filmmakers Christine Choy, Brett Story and more.

One of the first major Chinese American female filmmakers, Christine Choy will appear on the cinema’s stage this spring. She will take part in a Q&A and conversation about her work following a screening of her landmark documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” as part of the ongoing IU Global Film Festival Series.

Audiences can also look forward to an appearance by Brett Story, an award-winning documentarian who was named by Variety as one of the “10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch” in 2019. Story’s visit will be in conjunction with Care Not Cages, a series that explores the American carceral system. Story will join IU Cinema for an onstage conversation and a Q&A after a screening of her film “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.”

Co-sponsored by the Ryder Film Series, the International Art House Series highlights independent filmmaking from around the globe and will kick off with Hayao Miyazaki’s highly anticipated “The Boy and the Heron,” presented in both its original Japanese and its star-studded English dub. Other films include slow-burning thriller “The Royal Hotel” with Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick; a new 4K restoration of Park Chan-wook’s stunner “Oldboy”; the first Pakistani film awarded the Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes, “Joyland”; and the Palme d’Or-winning and Golden Globe-nominated “Anatomy of a Fall.”

Summer blockbuster Barbie hits the big screen once again as part of the lineup of films at IU Cinema this spring. P... Summer blockbuster “Barbie” hits the big screen once again as part of the lineup of films at IU Cinema this spring. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

Another returning series, Not-Quite Midnights, features cult films such as the Patrick Swayze classic “Road House” restored in 4K and recent releases like the Nicolas Cage-led “Dream Scenario.” Rounding out the series are “Ravenous,” a pitch-black comedy about cannibalism; the shocking horror flick “When Evil Lurks”; and the film that took over the world last year, “Barbie.”

Chinese American cinematographer James Wong Howe was a towering pioneer with a resume of over 130 films, a handful of directorial efforts, numerous TV episodes and commercials, and 10 Academy Award nominations, including two wins. Working in mainstream Hollywood from the silent era until his death in the 1970s, he will be honored with 5X: James Wong Howe, a five-film retrospective that includes his Oscar-winning work in “Hud,” the quintessential mystery-comedy “The Thin Man” and his rarely screened directorial debut “Go, Man, Go!” with Sidney Poitier.

Accompanied by conversations with industry professionals and other experts, the Re:Made series focuses on original films and their remakes to examine how filmmaking and film culture change over time. This season will spotlight two icons of film noir, “Double Indemnity” and “Body Heat,” followed by a conversation on intimacy coordination. The other pair in the series feature “Little Women,” the beloved 1994 version and Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation, and will include a discussion on ensemble casting.

Additional upcoming programs at IU Cinema include:

Film fans can watch Jack and Rose experience nautical ups and downs in 3D at IU Cinema this spring. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema... Film fans can watch Jack and Rose experience nautical ups and downs in 3D at IU Cinema this spring. Photo courtesy of IU Cinema

  • James Cameron’s epic “Titanic” in 3D.
  • A special Valentine’s Day screening of David Cronenberg’s unexpectedly romantic “The Fly.”
  • The premiere of the 4K restoration of Jessie Maple’s “Will,” a partnership between the Black Film Center & Archive, the Criterion Collection and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.
  • Q+, a series that explores the past, present and future of queer film with such events as a Kenneth Anger double feature and the new comedy “Dicks: The Musical.”

For full information and film listings and to download the cinema’s calendar, visit IU Cinema’s website and follow @iucinema on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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